LONDON-The Asian Media and Marketing Group lists the 101 most influential British Asians, with Malala Yousafzai, MP Keith Vaz and One Direction member Zayn Malik coming out on top

Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year. Yousafzai, who came to Britain from Pakistan after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, is the only woman to feature in the top ten.

She is joined in the top 20 by new Today programme presenter Mishal Husain, newsreader George Alagiah and One Direction member Zayn Malik. The list, which has been compiled for the last three years, celebrates British Asians from all walks of life and this year honoured 17 people from the political sphere, including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Labour MP Sadiq Khan.

The power 101 was unveiled at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night attended by the likes of Nick Clegg and Asian MPs Alok Sharma and Paul Uppal.  Kalpesh Solanki, managing editor of the Asian Media and Marketing Group power list, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see so much ethnic success in Britain.  There are a lot of strong, influential and powerful people whose hard work goes unrecognised.  “These awards ceremonies are highly significant as it’s incredibly important for us to keep recognising and rewarding ethnic achievements in the country.”